The Origin Of The Word "Jam"

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  1. blowtorch

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    I can definitely see an argument for the word "jamboree" lending its sense of a gathering of people to the word "jam" or vice versa perhaps.
     
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    From Billboard 27 nov. 1936;

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    A poster named "Toast" is looking for the etymology of the word "jam"...

    There's a joke in there somewhere, I just can't get it to jel. :D

    ...I'll show myself out.
     
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    I’ve always been glad I was in a gigging band. Most blues jams I’ve seen or sat in on tend to be less than congenial if you pay attention to the onstage personal dynamics. Horrors abound if someone is more talented than the players in the host band or throws something they see as a curveball...
     
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    Looks like the 1936 version of the ol' saw . . . THE MUSIC WAS SO MUCH BETTER IN THE OLD DAYS. I was surprised by the word "platter"; I didn't realize that it was used as a synonym for "record". Learn something new every day. Cool post.
     
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    Based on the “jam” I went to last night; I’d say “jam” means jam as many notes and syncopations as possible into any given bar of music.
     
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    Could it have originated from “logjam” where all these musical ideas are being funneled towards the mill?
     
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    I think it’s more likely that “gig” comes from “engagement”.
     
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    You know how I view that kind of competition? It's the human version of two rams locking horns. In other words, instead of goring each other to death in some mating ritual, things get resolved through a safer method, a competition. Much preferable to killing each other.
     
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    That sounds plausible, but I think the word "jam" gets thrown into different kinds of compound words/expression. Log jam, traffic jam, toe jam, etc.
     
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    Giggle Jam.
     
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    It could also mean let's jam as many guys on stage or in a small room as we can and see what comes up.

    I've participated in both of those types.
     
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    I remember many years ago we were trying to record a jam session in my garage.....Seemed like nobody was on their game that day though, it just wasn't coming together. Took a break, rewound the cassette to give it a listen, and guess what--no sound. Pulled out the cassette, took a look at it, and printed on the label was: "This mechanism prevents jamming."
     
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